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A collection of successful PIEVC assessments from across various regions, infrastructure types and scopes. Click on the titles for further details on these projects.

Government of Northwest Territories Thermosyphon Foundations in Warm Permafrost

tags: Buildings

Passive cooling by means of pressured heat exchange pipes was developed in Alaska by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1965 to preserve foundations in ‘warm’ permafrost. It has been widely applied in Alaska, northern Canada and Russia to preserve and cool permafrost. The original simple 20mm vertical pipe with a radiator in the air has evolved into other designs that include: thermopiles, sloped pipe thermosyphons and flat loop evaporator pipe (flat loop) thermosyphons. The flat loop thermosyphon was developed and field tested in Canada in 1994 to allow the construction of buildings... click to learn more

Northwest Territories February 2008

Vancouver Sewerage Area (VSA) Vulnerability Assessment

Vancouver Sewerage Area Infrastructure report cover tags: Stormwater, Wastewater

Metro Vancouver and PIEVC cooperated in the jointly-funded Vancouver Sewerage Area (VSA) vulnerability assessment. The vulnerability assessment included all Metro Vancouver infrastructure and operations within the VSA. The catchment encompassed the City of Vancouver, University of British Columbia (UBC) campus, UBC Endowment Lands, part of the City of Burnaby and part of the City of Richmond. The VSA is approximately 13,000 hectares.

British Columbia March 2008

Infrastructure Ontario/Ministry of Infrastructure - Three public buildings

Infrastructure Ontario/Ministry of Infrastructure - Three public buildings  report cover tags: Buildings

Golder Associates, with Morrison Hershfield (the Consultants), have performred a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment study in alignment with the protocol developed by the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC), for Infrastructure Ontario (IO). This study brought together experts in building systems engineering, energy, water, climate, cultural heritage and other key disciplines, who worked with IO's project team, facility stakeholders, Engineers Canada and Environmnet Canda, to complete this vulnerability assessment.

The study focused on three... click to learn more

Ontario June 2012

City of Calgary Potable Water Collection, Treatment and Distribution System

City of Calgary Potable Water Collection, Treatment and Distribution System report cover tags: Water Resources

The City of Calgary (The City), in cooperation with Engineers Canada, embarked on a project to assess the potential vulnerability of its water supply infrastructure to climate change. This vulnerability assessment was conducted in partnership with Engineers Canada (the business name for the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers), who has established the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) to oversee a national engineering assessment of the vulnerability of Canadian public infrastructure to changing climatic conditions.

Alberta May 2011

Assessment of the Union Water Supply System

Assessment of the Union Water Supply System report cover tags: Potable Water

The Union Water Supply System (UWSS) is a municipal water supply system that is jointly owned by the Ontario municipalities of Leamington, Kingsville, Essex and Lakeshore. The UWSS is governed by a joint board of management that consists of board members from each of the four owner municipalities. Day to day administration of the system is led by the UWSS General Manager. The system is operated under contract by the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA). Treated water from UWSS is supplied to the four owner municipalities for local distribution to residents and businesses. The following maps... click to learn more

Ontario May 2013

Study of the potable water system and source water for the City of Trois Rivieres

Study of the potable water system and source water for the City of Trois Rivieres cover tags: Potable Water

Le présent mandat fait partie d’une entente entre la Ville de Trois-Rivières, propriétaire et exploitante de ce réseau, et l’organisme Ouranos, qui pilote le projet.

L’objectif de l’étude consistera donc à déterminer la vulnérabilité aux changements climatiques du système d’approvisionnement et de distribution en eau potable de la Ville de Trois-Rivières (usine de traitement, puits et prise d’eau, réseau d’aqueduc), pour améliorer la conception et l’opération des ouvrages dans le cadre de la gestion en cas d’événements climatiques soudains ou prolongés. L’analyse touchera la demande... click to learn more

Quebec April 2013

Unama'ki Water and Wastewater Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation

tags: Potable Water, Stormwater, Wastewater

Assessment summary coming soon.

Nova Scotia

Assessment of Highway Infrastructure – City of Miramichi

Assessment of Highway Infrastructure – City of Miramichi report cover tags: Roads and Associated Structures

Miramichi. like most Canadian communities, is being impacted by a changing climate. Increases in both temperature and precipitation are resulting in sea-level rise, coastal erosion and increased intensity and frequency of storm-surge events. Miramichi, which is in a tidal zone, is presently experiencing flooding during extreme precipitation events. The resulting climate change related impacts are having significant negative economic and socio-economic impacts on Miramichi. In May 2012. the Province of New Brunswick, through the Enviromnental Trust Fund (ETF), awarded Miramichi funding to... click to learn more

New Brunswick March 2013

Assessment of Toronto Pearson Airport Infrastructure

Assessment of Toronto Pearson Airport Infrastructure report cover tags: Airport Infrastructure

The GTAA decided to undertake an engineering vulnerability assessment of infrastructure in the context of both the existing climate and future climate change using the PIEVC Protocol. The Protocol is a step-by-step process to conduct an engineering vulnerability asessment on infrastructure due to climate change.

Potential issues and concerns arising from changing climate:

  • Airport infrastructure is considered vulnerable to the types of weather related stresses that will be exacerbated by climate change;
  • Climate change could threaten airport infrastructure;
  • ... click to learn more
Ontario August 2014

Assessment of Toronto Hydro Electrical Supply and Delivery Infrastructure

Assessment of Toronto Hydro Electrical Supply and Delivery Infrastructure cover tags: Electrical Distribution, Electrical Transmission

Key stakeholders in the City of Toronto such as the WeatherWise Partnership have recognized the importance of the electrical sector and its vulnerability to a changing climate, and targeted it in 2011 as a priority area for further investigation. As part of this endeavour, Engineers Canada engaged the Clean Air Partnership to work with Toronto Hydro-Electrical System Limited (THESL) in order to demonstrate the applicability of the Protocol on Toronto Hydro owned electrical distribution infrastructure in the City of Toronto. THESL is Canda's largest municipal electrical distribution utility... click to learn more

Ontario September 2012

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